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Monday, June 18, 2018

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, Poised to take NFC North

Packers Cardinals FootballA lot of people will say that the NFL preseason is meaningless. Yes, win-loss records in the preseason are meaningless, but as a whole, the preseason has a lot of significance in my mind, much like spring training for baseball. Here’s why: if you’re having trouble executing in practice games, chances are you’re not going to magically turn things around in real games. The converse would be the case for dominating performances, much like that of the Green Bay Packers this preseason.

In case you’ve missed it, the Packers have been the most dominating team in the preseason this year. They’re 3-0 and coming off a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night, 44-37. Yes, put the record aside and just look at the straight facts that bear the significance. In 12 possessions this preseason, Green Bay’s first-team offense has scored nine touchdowns and kicked one field goal, and they didn’t even have to punt the other two drives. Aaron Rodgers is 28/37 for 458 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. And it’s not just the first-team offense that’s getting it done; the first-team defense held the Cards to 10 points in the first half and they shutout both the Browns and Bills.

Yes I realize that these statistics and records are meaningless towards the regular season but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Packers are ready to roll and dominate this year. Want to know another offense that looked this good in the preseason? The Saints last year, and their quarterback threw for over 5,000 yards. You heard it hear first — the Packers are poised to take the NFC North.

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